Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Iran 'Took Good Care' of US Sailors Seized in Persian Gulf - (Kerry)

Iranian authorities assisted US sailors and provided them with necessary things after seizing their boats when they entered Iran’s territorial waters, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a press conference on Wednesday.

 Earlier in the day, Kerry thanked Iran for helping to arrange a prompt release of ten American sailors who were seized by Iran in the Persian Gulf.

"All indications suggest that our sailors were well taken care of, provided with blankets and food and assisted with their return to the fleet," Kerry stated.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that Iran has seized two boats with ten US sailors in the Persian Gulf. The officials noted, however, that the navy personnel were safe and would be able to continue their trip to Bahrain.

A source in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps told Sputnik on Wednesday that US vessels entered Iranian territorial waters due to a technical fault.

 WASHINGTON (Sputnik)
13/1/16 
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  1. Kerry thanks Iran for releasing U.S. sailors ...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday thanked Iran for its cooperation in the release of 10 sailors who had mistakenly entered Iran’s territorial waters, an incident that stoked international tension.

    “I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,” Kerry said in a statement. “That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure, and strong.”

    The sailors’ swift release quickly diffused what could have escalated into an international crisis days before Iran is expected to meet the terms of last summer’s nuclear deal with world powers. The deal gives Iran significant relief from painful economic sanctions.....alarabiya.net

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